I couldn't think of where else to put this, but I wanted to bounce the thoughts off of the distinguished Genii readers.
Recently in another forum I've been discussing the idea of the value of magic secrets. My premise is that in the magic community we feel we have become entitled to the secrets of magic. We swore the oath. We promised not to tell. But I've reflected on that idea. I wonder if magicians haven't become a little free and easy with our secrets. Do we ask for secrets that we don't need, like a sort of insider curiosity-seeker? Do we get a little too uptight when a magician won't share their secrets?
I think that as magicians we should be more willing to not know how something works. Likewise we should resist divulging secrets to other magticians a little unless they demonstrate a real interest. I feel that there is a relationship between the current ethics issues and the "entitlement" of secrets.
I'm not suggesting that someone should be controlling who gets to be a magician. But I do think that becoming a beginner magician doesn't automatically give one the keys to the store. There's a middle ground, where sharing amongst peers is based more on need than desire.
Any thoughts? I'm just trying to get a different perspective on the ideas.